We want our workforce development leaders to be inclusive and equitable in the important work they do.

The Equity Works Leadership Institute (EWLI) program builds adaptive leaders to lead inclusively and equitably in the field of workforce development. Individuals from Greater MN, working in state agencies and private firms are part of this leadership cohort.

What is Equity Works Leadership Institute?

We seek individuals committed to equity in Minnesota’s workforce development sector! The process of actively making change within institutions and systems must take into account the unique attributes of the leader, the complexity of the system and the culture of the organization. As an Equity Works Leadership Institute (EWLI) participant, you will build adaptive leadership competencies to lead inclusively and equitably in the field of workforce development. Individuals from Greater MN, working in state agencies and private firms are strongly encouraged to apply.

Program Outcomes

  1. Equip individual leaders with the skills and knowledge to adapt diversity policies into inclusive and equitable practice.

  2. Examine social identities (power, privilege, bias), systemic discrimination (historical inequities) and institutional policies (HR practices, organizational culture, and program outcomes) that uphold racial inequities.

  3. Develop a plan to address policies and practice that inhibit equitable outcomes within institutions, and the system as a whole.

  4. Build the courage to lead inclusive and equitable systems change in the field of workforce development.

  5. Foster peer learning and collaboration across program participants.

Participation Requirements

  • Currently work in the field of workforce development (this includes but is not limited to those working at county workforce development centers, community based organizations, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, Minnesota Employment and Economic Development, Minnesota Department of Human Services, Adult Basic Education providers, and private philanthropic funders).

  • Commit to being an ambassador for equity and systems change in Minnesota’s Workforce Development sector.

Now accepting applications! To apply, click here.

Applications must include the following:

  1. A personal statement answering the following questions: 1. How have you engaged in leadership towards racial equity within the field of workforce development? 2. How might you bring what you learn to foster systems change within the workforce development field? 3. What do you hope to accomplish by participating in this leadership opportunity?

  2. Two professional letters of recommendation.

Program Dates:

Session 1: January 24 & 25, Session 2: February 15, Session 3: March 8, Session 4: March 29, Session 5: April 18 & 19

Session Time (each day):  8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

The Equity Works Leadership Institute: Workforce is fully funded by: MSPWin

Program Location:

Humphrey School of Public Affairs

If you have any questions or need clarity, please contact Isadora Tabue, Innovation Manager directly at colli716@umn.edu.